Thursday, February 6, 2014

Step into a Shirtwaist Dress

Dress lovers know that the dress is more than just a single garment--it's a whole universe of clothing unto itself. Mini, midi, maxi, A-line, fit & flare, bombshell, wiggle, sheath, shift, pencil, gown, jumper--it can be exhausting just trying to list them all. If you find yourself adrift in a sea of choices, consider the shirtwaist dress (also known as a shirt dress).

Shirtwaist dresses are named for their shirt-like bodice (most commonly a button down style). The style has been popular since the 19th century, when the shirt and skirt were actually separate pieces, but its heyday was the 1950's. From Dior's New Look to I Love Lucy, the shirtwaist dress was a staple of fifties fashion, worn by teenagers, housewives, and socialites alike. 

If you prefer a contemporary look, you can still find lots of great shirt dresses in today's styles. Over a century and still going strong--the shirtwaist dress is a true classic!

1 comment:

Jessica Cangiano said...

Lovely post! Shirtwaist dresses are one of the most beloved and frequently worn garments in my wardrobe. Rare is a the week that passes without me sporting one at least once, no matter the season (they're a cinch to layer with crinolines, cardigans, sweaters or blazers in the colder months and short sleeved versions keep you cool in the summer).

♥ Jessica

*PS* Thank you very much your comment on today's vintage outfit post.